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News release - Issued by JORVIK Group

Take Your Taste-Buds Back in Time This September!

York’s hidden medieval gem, Barley Hall is opening its doors with a unique dining experience this autumn. Guests will be able to take a seat in the Great Hall and discover how past occupants would have dined during the Middle Ages.

Set under the 500+ year old timbers of Barley Hall’s Great Hall, guests will be able to delight in the atmosphere of the medieval hall whilst being served their food by servants in traditional medieval dress.

“Taking inspiration from medieval life in York, the feast will give a glimpse of how the higher echelons of society dined during the middle ages.” comments Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions for York Archaeological Trust.

Indeed, the banquet experience will take the Hall back in time to when it was once home to past residents such as William Snawsell; Silversmith, Alderman, City Chamberlain, Sheriff and Lord Mayor of York.

“The banquet will offer a unique experience, offering not only the tastes of medieval life but the sights and even the ambience of a medieval feast” continued Sarah.

The event itself is part of York’s Food and Drink Festival, celebrating the range of food and drink that York has to offer and with the inclusion of the Medieval Feast at Barley Hall, York can now offer York’s fine history of dining alongside.

Medieval Feast at Barley Hall is taking place on 29th September 2017. Tickets are priced at £60.50 per person and are available from For more information please visit or call 01904 615505. Pre-booking is essential as no tickets will be available on the night.

For more information on York Food and Drink Festival please visit


About Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York.

Until the 1980s the building was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when it was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval structure discovered and its rich history uncovered.

Owned and operated by York Archaeological Trust, a registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846) and part of The JORVIK Group of Attractions, which includes the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre.

Discover more about Barley Hall at

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